Zoo to charge in winter; will march in the moose

By Jacqlyn Burnett
Ingham County staff writer

This is the first year Potter Park Zoo is charging admission from November to March. Coming up at Potter Park Zoo is March in The Moose. On March 15, the zoo will hold the March In the Moose benefit from 6-9:30 p.m. at Potter House. There will be dinner, an animal presentation and a performance by concert pianist Sergei Kvitko. This event will help fund the transportation of the Moose’s from Alaska and help make Lansing feel like their home.

Spring arrives at Potter Park Zoo

By Elizabeth Magee
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

LANSING — With March’s unusually warm weather, people are starting to migrate toward outdoor activities such as parks and nature trails.  Potter Park Zoo, Michigan’s oldest public zoo, is located at 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. in Lansing and is a free alternative way to spend your day outside. Until summer hours go into effect on April 1, the zoo is free.  The winter hours that are in effect from November 1 to March 31 are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Summer hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“Most of our exhibits don’t close in the winter, which is different from many zoos,” said Kim Dyer, a Potter Park Zoo docent.

Valentine's event at zoo offers information on animal courtship

By Marina Csomor
Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

LANSING — When Lansing resident James Bossé planned a Valentine’s date, he didn’t take the typical approach. Bossé took his girlfriend to the zoo to learn a thing or two about animal courtship. “My girl’s in town, so I wanted to go out,” Bossé said. “It’s around Valentine’s Day, it’s a good idea. It’s unique.

Lansing’s Tiny Tigresses

Lansing’s Potter Park Zoo welcomed three female Amur Tiger cubs to their clan of animals on September 15, 2011. Kira, Ameliya and Savelii are among the less than 500 of their species left on earth as well as part of the second litter born to the local zoo. The fist litter born six years ago included the tigress’ father. Though the arrival was long anticipated, it nearly ended in tragedy. “Shortly after they were born they got very sick with Pneumonia, so we had to get them away from their mom.

Local art gallery hosts ‘Paints and Paws’ with paintings from animals at Potter Park Zoo

by Erin Clifford
Lansing Star staff writer

Colorful pawprints stepped across the canvas in distinct patterns, while the slinking trail of a snake was highlighted with red and green. Animals in Potter Park Zoo have been painting for years, and for the first time these paintings are displayed for the public to admire and purchase until Nov. 20 at the Artisan’s Circle in Williamston. Along with the artwork, other zoo residents visited the store with the assistance of a few docents. The middle room in the store hosted a variety of animals; including a milk snake, southern three-banded armadillo, a ferret and a tenrec.

Tiger Cubs Thriving at Potter Park Zoo

Three tiger cubs were born at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing in mid September. Just two days after birth, tests showed that the cubs had pneumonia. Since that time the cubs were held in a contained area away from their mother and father to be attended to by the veterinary staff of the zoo. The news of the births was just recently released after the cubs had proven to be making a successful comeback. The cubs were named Savelii, Kira, and Ameliya, all female Amur Tigers.

“Boo at the Zoo” draws large crowds

By Hélène Dryden
Lansing Star staff writer

Traffic was halted on Pennsylvania Avenue. in Lansing by cars filled with people lined up to enter Potter Park Zoo this past Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Visitors came from all over Michigan for the zoo’s annual “Boo at the Zoo.”

The family-oriented event drew 7250 people over the two days, well over the expected number of about 5000, and incorporated many activities including arts and crafts, a haunted “boo” tunnel, hayrides, a straw maze, live animal presentation, a magic show, and trick or treating. Jennifer Horvatin, the Volunteer and Event Coordinator at Potter Park Zoo, coordinated the event along with other upcoming events at the zoo. All together it took about two months to organize.